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Yay! Father’s Day is coming! Two of the best fathers I know are Ramiro and Leroy from The GetUp Crew. I’ve known Ramiro for over 20 years and have witnessed his growth from the start of fatherhood to now. I remember the days when each of his kids was born and was and was able to see him transform from a terrified new father, to a seasoned veteran. You could definitely learn a lot from him.

Leroy on the other hand,  I’ve known for a lot less time. But in that time, I’ve seen the example he’s set, and the impact he’s had on his children. All you have to do is meet his children to know that they’ve been guided well.

As we get ready to celebrate Father’s Day, I wanted to take time to acknowledge the dedication of these two men to their children. I had them answer some questions about fatherhood to share with you a side of them you may not always see.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers reading this. I hope you feel the love from your kids today and every day. Enjoy your day!  And I hope you enjoy Ramiro and Leroy’s reflections on fatherhood.

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  • What has been the most unexpected aspect of fatherhood? (Ramiro)

    “How you’re only as happy as your unhappiest child.”

    Ramiro with two of his daughters and son

    Ramiro with an unhappy Calla, Lilie, and Lucas at one of his triathlon

  • What has been the most unexpected aspect of fatherhood? (Leroy)

    “Seeing them grow is such a wonderful thing, but I didn’t expect to miss them being my little babies so much.”

    Photo of Leroy with his infant son in his lap

    Photo montage of Leroy and his kids

  • How has fatherhood changed your outlook on life? (Ramiro)

    “It instantly gives you Purpose.”

    Ramiro and his oldest son

    Ramiro and Lucas inside the Green Monster

  • How has fatherhood changed your outlook on life? (Leroy)

    “I now understand how important legacy is. I have dreams and goals of my own and I’m absolutely driven to reach them but setting an example and leaving something behind for my children is what’s most important to me now.”

    Photo of Leroy and his children on Christmas

    Photo of Leroy's four children dressed ip

  • What advice would you give to new dads? (Ramiro)

    “It’s normal to have a random panic attack when you think about the fact that you’re responsible for another human being. And that happens at every age.”

     

    Ramiro, his two daughters, and son

    Ramiro with Calla, Lili, and Lucas at Ramiro’s wedding to Nicole.

  • What advice would you give to new dads? (Leroy)

    “Live in the moment. Absorb every walk, conversation, every 1st in their life, etc. Nothing is more important than creating a bond with them. Be patient. Try to be transparent. Remember how you were at their age and love them unconditionally.”

    Leroy with one of his sons

    Leroy with his daughter

     

  • What mistakes will you admit to making as a father? (Ramiro)

    “Too many! Not disciplining them enough or being too tough on them, Not being there enough, not teaching them enough. Not preparing them enough for life, etc…”

     

    Ramiro with his 5 children

    Ramiro with Lili, Lucy, Calla, and Lucas after the birth of baby Jax.

  • What mistakes will you admit to making as a father? (Leroy)

    “I could have been a better father if I had taken better care of myself mentally and emotionally. I’m in a good place now but at the time I believed I was giving them my all. Looking back, I could have given more. 90% is good, but I regret not emptying my cup for them 100%.”

    Leroy and his youngest son

     

  • What do you think makes you a great father? (Ramiro)

    “Showing them an example of betting on yourself, taking risks, and to pursue life with passion. I hope they get it….”

     

    Ramiro with his wife and 4 of his children

    Ramiro and his wife Nicole with Lili, Calla, Jax, and Lucy at Disney

  • What do you think makes you a great father? (Leroy)

    “God, and being raised by a loving father and mother.”

    Leroy with his oldest son

  • What would your kids say they love most about you? (Ramiro)

    “I have no idea! I have 5 kids, so you’re looking at probably 5 different answers. You’d have to ask them. I hope that the root of whatever they say is that I have their back, no matter what.”

     

    Ramiro and family in Puerto Rico

    Ramiro with his mother, father, sister, and all five kids in their trip of a lifetime together in Puerto Rico

  • What would your kids say they love most about you? (Leroy)

    “I think they would say that they can talk to me about anything. They know I won’t judge, but that I also won’t cut them any slack. I’ll call it like I see it and demand that they hold themselves accountable.”

    Leroy at a Red Sox game with his 4 kids

  • What is the most fulfilling part of fatherhood for you? (Ramiro)

    “Seeing them all grow into their own people. I know that I ultimately only have a little amount of influence on how they’ll live their lives, but hopefully it’s a Positive one that pushes them when life get tough.”

    Ramiro with his five children

    Ramiro with all five of his kids at Lucy’s 5th birthday party

  • What is the most fulfilling part of fatherhood for you? (Leroy)

    “Watching them grow and seeing them accomplish things I never did.”

    Leroy and his 3 sons at the movies

     

  • Extra Pics of Leroy's Kids

    Leroy's son

    Leroy's son

    Leroy's Daughter

    Leroy's son